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World’s leading economies to discuss clean energy technologies and their deployment in 2020s

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment
Publication date 31.5.2021 10.46 | Published in English on 31.5.2021 at 12.03
Press release

Chile will host two major virtual meetings on the energy sector on 31 May and 3 June 2021. The annual Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) and the Mission Innovation (MI) technology meeting will bring together representatives from 25 major economies and the Nordic countries as well as the EU, the UN and international energy organisations to discuss how to accelerate the transition to clean energy solutions globally. Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä will represent Finland at the meetings.

CEM12 to consider the role of clean energy for society and economy

The CEM meeting will discuss the solutions, opportunities and priorities that advance the transition to clean energy. Finland’s address will deal with the opportunities to promote clean energy in all sectors and policy areas. 

“For Finland, the Clean Energy Ministerial is a key forum of global cooperation in the field of energy. We will highlight important themes in the transformation of the energy sector, such as integration of energy systems and electrification of transport,” says Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä

The theme of the CEM meeting on 3 June will be ’Ambition into Action’ and it will discuss the clean energy transition in this decade from three different perspectives. It aims to identify solutions that expand the use of clean energy to all sectors of society in the 2020s and that ensure this transition is inclusive and takes into account the whole of society.

The future of clean energy meetings will also be considered during the meeting. The meeting is expected to extend the CEM’s mandate for another five years until 2026, to strengthen its activities and to secure the secretariat’s funding for 2022-2025. 

Mission Innovation to discuss the importance of energy innovation

The Mission Innovation meeting will issue a statement, in which the States set themselves the objective of increasing the common level of ambition and cooperation needed for the launch of MI 2.0. According to the statement, this decade will see the launch of clean energy innovations that will mobilise and link global R&D efforts to accelerate the implementation of the Paris Agreement, including paths to zero emissions. By working together, the MI countries will maximise the impact of investment in research, development and demonstration projects. The countries also recognise that taking into account the different needs of communities and enabling gender equality is an important part of innovation. 

“The objectives of Mission Innovation correspond with Finland’s efforts to develop new solutions to reform the economy and enable a green transition. In recent years, Finland has increased its investments in clean energy solutions and this will continue in the future too,” Lintilä says.

According to Lintilä, the Government aims to raise R&D funding to 4% of GDP by 2030. In Finland, at least 50% of the EU’s Resilience and Recovery Plan funding will be allocated to climate solutions, with a particular focus on promoting new technologies and solutions.

CEM/MI meetings can be watched online

The CEM12 and MI-6 meetings will be held from 31 May to 6 June 2021. In addition to the ministerial discussions, there will be a number of events on various energy issues. To register for the events, please go to https://cem12mi6chile.com/  

The meetings provide governments, leading cleantech organisations, innovators, financiers and civil society organisations with an opportunity to engage in high-level dialogue and share best practices for accelerating the transition to a low-carbon future. Public and private sector commitment builds cooperation between the industry sector, governments and civil society, and helps to scale clean energy solutions for global application.

Created in 2010, the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) is a global forum where 25 major economies (G20+) and the Nordic countries work together to share best practices and promote policies and programs that encourage and facilitate the transition to a global clean energy economy. CEM members account for approximately 75% of global greenhouse gas emissions and 90% of global clean energy investments.

Mission Innovation (MI) is a global initiative to accelerate global clean energy innovation and projects to make clean energy readily available.

Nina Alatalo, Adviser to Minister (EU and International Affairs), Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, tel. +358 29 504 7171 
Riku Huttunen, Director-General, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, tel. +358 29 431 6518  
Juho Korteniemi, Chief Specialist, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, tel. +358 29 567 0715 

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